Entry requirements

 

Entry requirements

When we assess your application, we use eligibility and merit to decide if you can get into a course. 

Eligibility

Course prerequisites

Subject prerequisites

To get into most courses, you must have achieved a certain level in specific Year 12 subjects.

Not all courses have subject prerequisites. In addition to, or instead of, subject prerequisites, some courses have assumed knowledge and/or recommended study.

If a course lists assumed knowledge or recommended study, it means the institution assumes you have subject knowledge or recommends that you study it.

If you do not have the assumed knowledge or recommended study, you can still get into the course, but you might have difficulty with your studies.


English - the most common subject prerequisite

The Queensland Year 12 subject 'English' is the most common subject prerequisite. 

If you didn't study English to Year 12 or didn't pass it, you can meet this requirement in other ways, such as a bridging or preparatory course, undertaking the Queensland Senior External Exam or sitting the Special Tertiary Admissions Test.

Check our table summarising each institution's policies on satisfying the English subject prerequisite.
 

Other prerequisites

You should contact the institution to find out the best way to satisfy any other subject prerequisites listed for your course.

You might also need to attend an interview or audition, or submit a portfolio.

Search the course entry to check if your course has subject or other prerequisites, assumed knowledge or recommended study.

Institution admission rules

Institution admission rules apply to every applicant for every course offered.

The rules can be different for each institution, but the most common include:

  • English language proficiency - you need to demonstrate that you can speak, write, read and comprehend English to a standard set by the institution. If English is not your first language check how you can demonstrate your English language proficiency
  • course quota (the estimated number of places available in a course) - if you have ever been enrolled at the institution before, contact the institution as you might not need to apply through us
  • exclusion - if you have previously been excluded from an institution, this might affect whether you can get into the course you want. You should check this with the institution you want to apply to
  • age requirements - for some institutions you need to be a certain age before you can study with them.

 

Merit

OP/selection ranks

If you complete Year 12 in Queensland in 2017 and receive an OP, you'll receive your OP from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority mid-December. 

For all other students completing standard internal Year 12 in Queensland in 2017, we'll calculate an OP ineligible rank for you. You can view and print this from Application Services from late December.

For all other applicants, we will allocate a selection rank based on your assessable qualification(s). Contact us on 1300 467 822 for information about selection ranks.

 

Entry requirements

You get into some courses without an OP/rank if:

  • you meet the course prerequisites and institution admission rules, and
  • you don’t/won’t get an offer in a higher preference.

You will simply receive an offer the next time the course is offered.

You get into some courses with just an OP/rank if:

  • you meet the minimum OP/rank
  • you meet the course prerequisites and institution admission rules, and
  • you don't/won't get an offer in a higher preference.

You will simply receive an offer the next time the course is offered.

You get into some courses with an OP/rank, and then compete for a place

This has to happen where there are more applicants than places. 

For these courses, we will let you know whether your OP/rank is meeting the minimum to compete for a place.

If your OP/rank is not meeting the minimum to compete for a place

We will let you know, and

  • we will look at your next preference to see if we can make you an offer in it. Letting you know you are not being considered for the course means you can change your preferences sooner.

If your OP/rank is meeting the minimum to compete for a place

We will let you know, and if:

  • you meet the course prerequisites and institution admission rules, and
  • you don't/won't get an offer in a higher preference, then
  • you may get an early offer if you are highly competitive.

If you cannot receive an early offer, we'll wait until the course's major offer round so that you can compete for a place.

If you have an OP/rank equal to, or above, the course cut-off in the major offer round, you will receive an offer in the course.

 

How you compete for a place

We put all applicants competing in the offer round in an ‘order of merit’, where the applicant with the best OP/rank is first and the applicant with the next best OP/rank is second etc.

We make offers by going down the order of merit until all places in the course are filled. 

Where we stop is called the 'cut-off'.

Cut-offs

  • Cut-offs are not set beforehand.
  • Previous cut-offs can be used as a guide (only) as to what future cut-offs may be.
  • Cut-offs do not usually change much from year to year but on occasion they can.
  • Cut-offs can also change across semesters and between offer rounds for the same semester.

To check previous years' cut-offs, search for the course entry on our website.

Selection ranks and multiple qualifications

If you have more than one qualification that gives you a rank, the one that is used first to decide if you get into a course is known as the 'first order rank'.

The institution you apply to determines which will be your first order rank.

It's important to know that:

  • Your previous qualifications are not added together to give you one selection rank.
  • Your previous qualifications are not averaged to give you a new selection rank.
  • The selection rank for your most recent qualification may not necessarily be used.
  • Your highest selection rank may not necessarily be used.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements

If you have already lodged your application, log in to Application Services to find out if you meet the entry requirements for each of your preferences.

If you have not yet applied, contact the institution you want to study at to find out if you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course.

Note, entry requirements for international applicants may be different to those for domestic applicants. Check entry requirements for international applicants with the relevant institution.

 

Last updated: 13 Sep 2017